I got my Isabel balconette bra from the AE Aerie juniors intimates collection in the mail today. It’s an attractive style in sleek black microfiber. The cups are lined with a pattern of little white hearts on a navy background — really more appropriate for a girl in her teens, but not a deal-breaker. So far, so good… until I tried it on.
I ordered a 32AA, and it felt true to size in the band. I had to wear it on the tightest hook, but that is typical for me in a USA intimate apparel brand like AE. American bras usually run loose around the ribcage compared to their European and UK size equivalents.
Lingerie is notorious for its lack of a reliable standardized fit that you can trust to be consistent across different labels, materials and designs. You can never be sure when you order online how something will fit, unless you stick with familiar brands and styles that work well with your body shape.
What doesn’t work for me about Isabel is the cups: even with the graduated push-up padding, my breasts can’t fill them out. The bra seems more like a 32A to me.
For a smaller fit in size AA, try the Aerie Hannah style. It’s less padded but will fit better on a petite figure, especially if you wear it as a racerback bra.
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